Thursday, December 16, 2021

Music History Today: December 17, 2021

December 17, 2016: David Bowie releases the last single in his lifetime, from his album, Blackstar, "Lazarus."
In October 2015, David Bowie decided to end his cancer treatments after learning the disease had spread too far to for him to recover.

David Bowie "Lazarus"
David Bowie as "Lazarus"

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The very same week, he traveled to a Brooklyn soundstage to shoot a video for his new song “Lazarus,” the name of a biblical figure that Jesus brought back from the dead. Bowie spent the day in a hospital bed as cameras captured him with a bandage around his head. 
Read more: Rolling Stone
December 17, 1966: The Monkees entered Billboard's Hot 100 single's chart with "(I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone."
"(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone" was first recorded by Paul Revere & the Raiders but best known as a hit for the Monkees.

The Monkees 1966
The Monkees

Released in November 1966, the song became the first Monkees B-side to chart, reaching #20 on the Billboard Hot 100. This version is featured in the "romp" segments of several episodes of the group's television series. 
Read more: Wikipedia

December 17, 1977: Steely Dan made a move from number 60 to 49 with their hit "Peg."
“Peg” started on the Hot 100 at a fairly sedate No.87, halfway down a list of ten new entries that also included ELO’s “Turn To Stone” and Paul McCartney and Wings’ “Girls School.” But as Top 40 radio as well as FM stations began to realize its charms, the single climbed for fully three months, reaching No.12 in its 15th and 16th chart weeks. 
Read more: U Discover Music

December 17, 1983: The Pretenders entered in the middle of the American Top 100 singles, at number 50, with "Middle of the Road."
"Middle of the Road" by The Pretenders' peaked at #19 on the US pop singles chart and #2 on the US mainstream rock chart in January 1984, where it stayed for four weeks. 
Chrissie Hynde
Chrissie Hynde
Singer-songwriter Chrissie Hynde has stated that "Middle of the Road" refers to Tao Te Ching, which she interprets as "the middle way." The song lyrics include observations about the difference between wealth and poverty that Hynde had observed. 
Read more: Wikipedia

December 17, 1988: Boy Meets Girl peaked at number 5 on the US chart with "Waiting For a Star to Fall."
Waiting for a Star to Fall was inspired by an actual falling star that songwriter Shannon Rubicam witnessed during a Whitney Houston concert at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles. Rubicam and songwriting partner, soon to be husband, George Merrill penned the tune and offered to Whitney Houston's camp for her to record. They rejected it. It's an odd turn of events since the songwriters had already given Whitney two of her biggest hits - How Will I Know? and I Wanna Dance with Somebody. 
Read more: Tampa Bay Times

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